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Neil Keith Houliston

Male 1988 - 2005  (17 years)

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  • Name Neil Keith Houliston 
    Born 9 April 1988 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 December 2005  Brayton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name Quarter DOB District Reg no. Entry
      Neil Keith Houliston Jun-06 09-Apr-88 Claro 650/1 O6 255


      Teenager killed in Xmas day horror smash. A TEENAGE motorist was killed in a Christmas Day horror smash on a road near Selby. ... Day horror smash on a road near Selby. Neil Houliston, 17, died when his Citroen Saxo collided ... after dropping off his sister at Selby Golf Club when tragedy struck ...

      News, sport, business news in your local area ... Teen driver Neil Houliston (below) died mid-day Sunday after taking sister Gillian to work ... it before Neil left. "Neil took Gillian to work at Selby Golf Club ...

      CHRISTMAS will never be the same for a grieving family touched by tragedy minutes after they opened presents together.

      Teen driver Neil Houliston (below) died mid-day Sunday after taking sister Gillian to work when his car was involved in a head-on crash close to his Thorpe Willoughby home.
      His Field Avenue family rushed to the Brayton Barff smash scene after becoming concerned for the 17-year-old's lateness to be told by police of the apprentice electrician's shock death.
      Dad Keith, who celebrated his 50th birthday the day after the tragedy, said: "Neil had a lie-in after staying up having his grandparents in fits of laughter the night before.
      "The three children had their picture taken to give to their mum on Christmas morning and she opened it before Neil left.
      "Neil took Gillian to work at Selby Golf Club. The next thing we knew our other son Martin came in and said there had been an accident.
      "We went down there and I begged the policeman to tell us what had happened. Martin managed to break through the barrier blocking the road."
      Keith and his father Eddie were then told tragic news the popular lad was killed after his green Citroen Saxo hit an oncoming van on Barff Lane. A man, woman and dog in the other vehicle escaped serious injury.
      Sales director Keith added: "Being told something like that is a feeling I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy."
      Neighbours took down festive decorations as a mark of respect as distraught friends lit Selby abbey candles, golf club flag flew at half mast and mountains of floral tributes (below) appeared at the woodland accident scene.
      "It's unbelievable how kind people have been," continued Keith. "Neil was so popular. He lived every day to the full and was such a caring person."
      The former Selby High and Selby College student who passed his driving test in September recently started a York College course to fulfil his ambition of becoming an electrician. The keen Thorpe United FC footballer supported Manchester United and Hearts.
      Keith's Boxing Day party was cancelled as friends and family instead staged an impromptu celebration of Neil's life. Mates will also toast his memory at Castle Inn, Cawood.
      Wednesday's 1pm abbey funeral, with no black ties and donations to its restoration fund in lieu of flowers, will be followed by 2.30pm York cremation and town golf club reception.
      He leaves Keith, mum Elaine, 45, 19-year-old Selby Somerfield worker Martin and 16-year-old Selby High student sister Gillian.
      Meanwhile two pedestrians have been injured in separate road crashes.
      Police are appealing for witnesses to an accident that saw a woman hit by car that failed to stop on Gowdall Road, Hensall, close to junction with Weeland Road.
      It is believed a white Ford Fiesta was involved in the 2.30pm smash on Monday December 19 in which the victim suffered minor injuries to head and body.
      Anyone with information about any vehicle fitting the description is asked to contact PC James Thistlewood at Selby station on 0845 6060247.
      Two days later at 2pm a 12-year-old boy suffered minor chest injuries in a collision with a car on Leeds Road, Selby. Jarrod Longhorn of Thorpe Willoughby was taken by ambulance to York District Hospital.
      29 December 2005
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      Christmas Day crash tragedy

      From the archive, first published Tuesday 27th Dec 2005.

      FUN-LOVING teenager Neil Houliston woke up late on Christmas Day, unwrapped his presents with his family, then drove his younger sister to work.

      But the 17-year-old who "was just starting his life" never made it back. His life was cut tragically short after his car was involved in a head-on smash as he drove home.

      Today his devastated family paid tribute to the apprentice electrician, who they said brought laughter to everyone he met.

      His brother, Martin, 19, said: "He was a great laugh. He brought everyone to laughter all the time. He was always smiling and he could be cheeky and mischievous, but would not do anything to hurt anyone.

      "He saw the lighter side of life. There was never a dull moment with him."

      Neil, of Field Avenue, Thorpe Willoughby, was caught up in the accident after driving his sister Gillian, 16, to Selby Golf Club, where she worked as a waitress.

      After leaving the club his green Citroen Saxo collided with a red Transit Connect van in Barff Lane, Brayton, at 12.09pm.

      He was cut from his car by firefighters and taken to York Hospital by ambulance. The three people in the van suffered minor injuries.

      His mother Elaine, 45, said: "He was sleeping in and I was telling him to get up. We both offered to take his sister to the golf club, but he said he would do it because I had a friend at the house.

      "When he had not returned we started trying to phone him and we could not get through. We heard there had been an accident and that the police had blocked the road. I said: `I need to know what car that is'."

      Neil had started an apprenticeship a month ago and was about to be taken on full-time by Dunnington firm Coopers Electrical Services Ltd.

      He was studying at York College after leaving Selby College and his part-time job in Selby's Somerfield store to follow his dreams of being an electrician.

      His father, Keith, 50, said: "He was absolutely thrilled with the apprenticeship. He really was totally into it and that is what he decided he wanted to do. Neil's boss said he was going to talk about his future and take him on.

      "He was just getting older and growing up with his job, getting new experiences. He was just starting his life. He knew what he wanted to do and was just starting to focus."

      The Manchester United and Hearts fan loved playing golf, skiing, music and socialising with his friends. He was saving his money for a holiday abroad with his friends next year.

      He was due to celebrate his father's 50th birthday on Boxing Day with a trip to Wetherby racecourse along with family from around the country.

      His parents said they will remember him as a bubbly teenager who was always his own man.

      Keith said: "He died with his slippers on. We bought him some old-man slippers for an 18th birthday party and he wore them everywhere. He was shopping for Christmas presents with them on and he wore them to college for a laugh.

      "He said they were comfortable and he did not care what people thought. He was his own man. We were very proud of him. He was a great guy."

      The family's neighbours in Field Avenue yesterday took their Christmas lights down to pay tribute to Neil, and Selby Golf Club flew its flag at half-mast as a sign of respect.

      His friends paid tribute to him on Boxing Day by lighting candles at Selby abbey.

      Anyone who saw the crash should phone PC Houselander or PC Brown on 0845 6060247.

      Updated: 08:33 Tuesday, December 27, 2005

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